Some 15,000 protesters in Yerevan demanded the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Saturday in connection with the November 9 ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh, which many see as the capitulation of Armenia.
Protesting the flags of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, the protesters chanted “Nicholas the traitor” and “Armenia without Nicholas!”. Representatives of the influential clergy of the influential Armenian Apostolic Church were also present at the protest.
The opposition threatens to launch a campaign of civil disobedience if Pashinyan does not resign.
Meanwhile, Pashinyan, who previously explained the agreement as the only way to prevent a complete collapse, siege and death of thousands of Armenian soldiers in the region, said on television on Saturday that he did not intend to resign and that his government now prioritized the recovery of prisoners of war and fallen.
17 Armenian opposition parties have advocated the replacement of Pashinyan by former Prime Minister Vazgen Manukyan, who led the Armenian government in 1990 and 1991 and was Minister of Defense in 1992 and 1993 during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Addressing the protesters, the 74-year-old Manukyan said he would form an interim government that would negotiate a revision of some of the vague aspects of the November 9 agreement.
Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense officially confirmed on Saturday that a military parade will be held on Thursday, December 10, in the capital Baku in honor of the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with more than 3,000 soldiers and about one and a half hundred technical units, including the latest missiles and air defense systems. , as well as part of the trophy equipment taken away from the Armenian side.